Newsflash: the Cleveland Browns need a quarterback.
Okay, so it’s not much of a newsflash, really. The Browns have needed a quarterback ever since Bernie Kosar departed from Cleveland back in 1993. Since then, the Browns have gone through seemingly thousands of different quarterbacks, but none of them have ever managed to lead the team out of mediocrity. But, could a rumored trade with the Washington Redskins change Cleveland’s quarterback fortunes?
A deal for Kirk Cousins makes sense for Cleveland in a number of different ways. Not the least of which is that Cousins already knows the offensive system and schemes that will be run by brand new Browns OC Kyle Shanahan, and the fact that Shanahan knows Cousins well and is very high on him already. Cousins might also represent an upgrade at the position over the likes of Brian Hoyer and Vince Young, the two quarterbacks battling it out for the starting job.
Of course, we only have a small sample size with which to judge Cousins as a starting QB. Though he had some moments where he really shined, he had others where he looked disappointingly ordinary. He could possibly turn out to be a more-than-capable starting QB in the league, a player who could help spur a revival in Cleveland. Or, he could turn out to be little more than the second coming of Matt Flynn.
Still, if you’re a Cleveland franchise that has wallowed in mediocrity as long as they have, might it not be worth rolling the dice?
In what little we’ve seen of him in action, Cousins seems to be a tantalizing prospect. But what Cleveland must decide is whether he is worth giving up one of the two first-round picks they have in the upcoming draft. If they did pull the trigger on that deal, they could then use that other first-round pick they have to give him a little help by drafting a playmaking wide receiver – say, Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans.
Cleveland desperately needs an upgrade at the QB position. What they have on their roster right now only guarantees more mediocrity. Cousins desperately wants out of Washington, and the chance to start. On paper, it sounds like a match made in heaven and a win-win for both teams.
The Browns could certainly do a lot worse, as they’ve repeatedly shown, than bringing in Cousins to run the offense — one that he already knows well.